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NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

Virginia Tech played their way to the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a strong ending to ACC conference play. It marks back-to-back NCAA bids for the Hokies for the first time in over 30 years. It will also be the second year the team in the 8-9 match-up.

Their hot shooting and playmaking ability carried them to monster wins over Virginia, Clemson, and Duke. That was enough for them to circumvent a relatively weak non-conference schedule. They were one of nine ACC teams to make the NCAA Tournament this year.

With six different players that can lead the team in scoring it is near impossible to halt the entire Hokie offense. As a team they shoot 49.8 percent from the field, tied for ninth best in the entire country. Unlike their rivals from Charlottesville they play up-tempo, multiple possession basketball and try to run up the scoreboard.

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Their opponent, Alabama also likes to play with a quick pace which could lead to a shootout in the First Round.

Last season the Hokies lost to No. 8 Wisconsin in the First Round of the tournament. The Badgers went on to defeat the No. 1 overall seed Villanova for a spot in the Sweet 16. Virginia Tech has not made it to the Sweet 16 in the modern 68-team NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Tech and Oklahoma will meet on Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

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Virginia Tech vs. Alabama How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: No. 8 Virginia Tech (21-11, 10-8 ACC) vs. Alabama (19-15, 8-10 SEC)

When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15.

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.

TV Channel: TNT

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan (Play-by-play), Reggie Miller (Analyst), Dan Bonner (Analyst), Dana Jacobson (Reporter)

Twitter: @HokiesMBB, @AlabamaMBB

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Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia Tech (At-large), Alabama (At-large)

Previous Meeting: 1989. Virginia Tech 76, Alabama 75.

Next Round: Winner of No. 1 Villanova/ No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford/ LIU Brooklyn
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall

No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure/ UCLA
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 S.F. Austin

No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton

Virginia Tech vs. Alabama Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia Tech, -2
Over/Under: 141.5 (-110)
Money Line: Virginia Tech, -130; Alabama +110
Against The Spread: Virginia Tech is 17-11 ATS on the season. Alabama is 17-15-1 ATS.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.